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“Abracadabra” is an incantation originally believed to dispel illness. However in recent years, the word has transformed into a Magic Word, often used in Magic Shows.
The first know usage of the word was in a 3rd century Roman book, titled “Liber Medicinalis”, by then Royal Physician to Emperor Caracalla , Quintus Serenus Sammonicus. The book stated that malaria sufferers were to wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle. It stated that this would then rid the body of lethal diseases.
The myth surrounding the phrase continued to be adopted by many civilizations throughout history, such as Gnostics who used it as a magic formula to cure disease and misfortune. It is also noted that the word was also used during The Great Plague of London, with many Londoners posting the word on doors, in order to ward of disease. Many dismissed the word, such as the Puritan Minister Increase Mather, saying that the word is bereft of power. Others, such as Aleister Crowley, stated the word held great power. He stated that the word’s true for is Abrahadabra. In recent words however, the word has become an incantation by stage magicians.
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